Kim Park set to take helm at Northampton Senior Center

  • Kim Park was selected to serve as as director of Senior Services by Northampton Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra. CITY OF NORTHAMPTON

Staff Writer 
Published: 6/24/2022 6:40:08 PM
Modified: 6/24/2022 6:39:49 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra has appointed a new director of Senior Services, a position responsible for overseeing the Northampton Senior Center at 67 Conz St.

If confirmed by the City Council, Kim Park will replace Marie Westburg, who stepped down in April after four years in the role.

Park is a former assistant director of the Senior Center, Sciarra said, and has 16 years of experience working with older adults. Most recently, she was director of resident lifestyle and volunteer programming at The Overlook retirement community in Charlton and has also worked for the all-inclusive care program Mercy LIFE PACE.

“I am deeply impressed by the skills and qualifications Kim Park brings to this position,” Sciarra said in a statement Friday. “These, combined with her previous successful tenure with the city and direct experience working with Northampton’s older adult constituencies, makes me confident that Kim is the right person to restart full operations at the Senior Center.”

After Westburg’s departure, a team of volunteers, former directors, city staff and others involved in the Senior Center took on the director’s responsibilities while the hiring process played out.

“I’m excited to restore a strong feeling of community to the Senior Center as we continue our climb out of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Park said in a statement. “I look forward to welcoming all of Northampton’s older adults back to the center with compelling programs in a warm and friendly environment.”

Sciarra said Park’s appointment will appear on the City Council’s July 14 meeting agenda. Park will start in the position on July 25 while awaiting confirmation.

In addition to running the Senior Center, the Senior Services director is responsible for managing the department budget, fundraising, grant writing, strategic planning and overseeing the city’s Tax Work-Off Program for seniors, along with organizing events to honor volunteers and serving as staff liaison to the Council on Aging.

Brian Steele can be reached at bsteele@gazettenet.com.

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